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Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  927 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Christmas in Icicle Falls…

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding—until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it appears that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass…

Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2012)
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Icicle Falls, Washington is an idyllic town that draws tourists for the Christmas holiday. It keeps the shop owners busy meeting their demands. For Cass Wilkes, owner of Gingerbread Haus Bakery, she is extra busy with the announcement her daughter wants to be married right before Christmas. And to top it off, she wants her father, Cass's ex-husband, to walk her down the isle. Cass tries tries to put on a good front, not wishing to disappoint her daughter, but dreads socializing with her ex and h ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Three divorced women face a difficult Christmas.

Cass's daughter is getting married and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The same man who has been an absentee father for more than a decade. When he swoops in with his check book and his young and beautiful wife, Cass faces feelings of jealousy and inadequacy.

Ella is living in the same house with her ex-husband. She wants to just sell the house and get on with her life but is struggling with her feelings for a man she sti
Angela Holland
Dec 05, 2013 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the first Icicle Falls book yet but it is not stop me from reading this one nor did I feel lost. As with the other two books I have read of Sheila's so far I enjoyed this one as well. There were times I did not want to put it down, times I got mad at a character because they would not wake-up so to speak, and even found myself smiling at something that happened in the story. Sheila has a way a writing that you feel at home in the town and with the characters she is writing about ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Victoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened-in-2012
1) Ok, so Cass, with the daughter getting married, surprise, 3 weeks to plan! First, tell your daughter that with 3 weeks to plan, THERE WILL BE COMPROMISES, and also the budget isn't what it could be because THREE WEEKS TO PLAN. Second, slap your bratty daughter across the face the first time she complains that you can't make a wedding appear out of your ass. Third, if you can't afford a wedding and your evil rich ex-husband can, then FREAKING TALK TO HIM and don't bitch both when he doesn't an ...more
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4.5! Ohh, so close to a 5 star!

Two things that threw it off. It was almost perfect.

Gail Hollingsworth
If you love small town America, especially at Christmas, you'll truly love reading Merry Ex-Mas. Set in the fictional town of Icicle Falls, this story follows 3 women and their interactions with Ex-husbands during the Christmas season. Cass is the town baker and she is planning her daughters Christmas wedding, baking her wedding cake and housing her Ex-husband and his new young bride because all the hotels are booked. Her friend Charlene is dealing with her Ex back in town wanting to get back to ...more
Nov 13, 2013 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine spending the festive holiday season with someone you despise – or at least thought you despised – you Ex-husband. Ummm, not so fun. That is what Cass Wilkes, Charlene Albach and Ella O’Brien find themselves dealing with this season. Each woman’s story is very different, however, and their close friendship is a soothing and healing balm as each works through their personal demons to find that light at the end of the dying, dead Christmas tree tunnel.

Sheila Roberts has long since been one
Nov 14, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
Icicle Falls, Washington, is home to three divorced women; talented strong women in their own right. They've all been hurt by their ex-husbands but are now moving on. Well, for the most part moving on.

Ella, who was sure her husband Jake was cheating on her, jumped into divorcing him. He's still living in their house for financial reasons. He's hoping to make his big break into Nashville with his songwriting. Ella's sure she just wants their house to sell so they can move on. She's even starting
Dec 08, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
For three women in Icicle Falls, the holiday season isn't exactly starting out with a strong dose of holiday cheer and love. Cass' Thanksgiving starts with her daughter's announcement that she is engaged and planning to have her wedding on Christmas Day. Dani's hastened nuptials mean that guests may not find accommodations in the small town, and the last thing Cass wants is to have her ex-husband and his new bimbo wife staying at her home. Charley has put the pieces of her life back together aft ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Nov 17, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
The minute I read the title of the book, I knew it had to be a great book. Merry Ex-Mas? I wasn’t disappointed. Having long been a fan of Ms. Roberts, I expected no less than a great story and she delivered it - on a Christmas Platter.

“Once in a while, if a woman is really lucky, the perfect day she envisioned turns out to be just that.”

What I liked about the book? I loved the town’s name – Icicle Falls. And, just as you’d expect, the places in the town follow suit, Gingerbread Haus Bakery, Ze
Marcia  Haskell
"Christmas in Icicle Falls... Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter, Danielle's, wedding...until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? And, since every B and B is full, it looks like he, h
Hsiau Wei
Nov 06, 2012 Hsiau Wei rated it really liked it
This book tell the story of three women; Charlie, Cass and Ella who is besties in life who is struggling with their own personal matters. Charlie is separated from her husband when she found him having an affairs with her previous restaurant manager found that her husband is back in her life albeit "forcefully" asking for her forgiveness and another chance. Cass' daughter is getting married and wanted her Daddy to walk her down the aisle which Cass found a little too hard to take in given that h ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: women
I chose this book because I have enjoyed Shelia Roberts in the past and this was a Christmas book, but it had too many negative characters for me to really enjoy it. The book centers around a group of women friends. Cass is long divorced, but forced to deal with her ex because their daughter is suddenly getting married. Charley is recently divorced, but her ex suddenly wants her back, and Ella is also recently divorced, but living in the same house with her ex until they can sell it. There was w ...more
Kate Vale
Oct 27, 2016 Kate Vale rated it liked it
What a hoot of a read! I found myself giggling throughout as Ella finally figured out what her mom REALLY was. Thank you, Jake, for writing and YouTubing that song about moms-in-law. You got it right: marry one and get another in the bargain.

Charlie and her ex, Richard, were a cautionary tale. I'm guessing too many people could exchange places with her and know EXACTLY what a slime he was.

Then there was Cass, who had to put up with her ex-in-laws who insist on attending daughter, Dani's, wedding
Sep 27, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
I love the people in Icicle Falls. The book was a fast paced and enjoyable read. It had a few twists and turns in it that I hadn't expected. I loved the video on UTube and I can relate to Jake's problems. I loved the ending and can't wait for spring for the next book in the series. Thanks again Sheila for a wonderful book.
This is an amazing book. One that you will want to read every Christmas. Sheila has a way of telling it like it is. She will make you laugh and make you cry. You can never go w
Merry Ex-Mas was the first book I have ever read by Sheila Roberts. From other reviews I have read, this will probably be my last. Three different stories and characters all connected in one novel. Too confusing, and I felt that none of the characters were fully developed. Plus, they were annoying! However, I did love the Christmas theme. I think reading the first book in the series before this one might have helped me.

Go Cards! L1C4!

Dec 02, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it

This was a pretty good read. The only comment that I would make is that there were so many characters; I couldn't keep track of who was who and who they belonged with. But don't let that keep you from reading it. I love that I picked this book out to read during the Christmas season!
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Eh. Portrayed a nasty sterotype of divorced women. Not everyone who is divorced is a bitter shrew; but these women were. Egads.
Dec 09, 2012 Alanna rated it it was ok
Blah, very predictable! The characters are extremely hard to relate to and they are annoying!!!! Only reason I gave 2 stars is because of Christmas timing!
Danielle Gypsy Soul
This just didn't work for me as a Christmas book at all. The characters were hard to like and for 2 out of the 3 of them they never really ended up with a happy ending.

This book is about 3 different woman so I'll tackle each one a little bit about what bothered me.

Cass - she was a "pushover" and her daughter was ungrateful and a whiner. If your daughter is getting married in 3 weeks she should expect some compromises. If you can't afford it and your rich husband can - well you can at least talk
Put together 3 best friends, Cass Wilkes the owner of a bakery, Charlene "Charlie" Albach a restaurant owner, and Ella O'Brien, a boutique owner, in the small town of Icicle Falls with their 3 ex-husbands and the result is rollicking hilarity with a touch of romance. Add a trophy wife and her naughty dog that belong to one ex, an ex with a hidden agenda, an ex who doesn't want to be an ex, a mother-in-law who doesn't mind her business, and a daughter who decides she wants a wedding at Christmas ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun Christmas read. It is one story with three stories within it. If you have ever had an ex and/or in-laws you will be able to relate to this story. What I liked about it was how real it was for me and how the ending works out. I love books that make me happy in the end. I will read this one again next December.
Dec 10, 2016 Wyndi0419 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cozy Holiday Book

If you're looking for a book to snuggle up with over the Christmas holidays, this is the one. Loveable characters, a quaint and beautiful town and love all around.
Jan 12, 2017 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but sweet mindless read which is just what I was looking for-an escape with a happy ending all tied up in a bow!
Dorothy Morawsky
Nov 03, 2016 Dorothy Morawsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book.
Jan 03, 2017 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick easy read
Dec 07, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books, series
Second in series. Will read more
Nov 13, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Icicle Falls, Washington!

In this second book of the Life in Icicle Falls series, the reader returns to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington and is reintroduced to the quirky townspeople that they met in the first book of the series, Better Than Chocolate. Merry Ex-Mas tells the story of three divorced women: Cass Wilkes, Charlene Albach and Ella O'Brien, and how they each deal with their ex-husbands over the Christmas holiday.

Cass's daughter Danielle is getting married the weeken
Dec 30, 2013 Dottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming contemporary tale is a Recommended Read! Taken from my review at

Thanksgiving started out so nice for Cassie Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus Bakery, but then as her daughter Dani provided something she was thankful for, everything went downhill. Cassie is overjoyed that her daughter is getting married, but the news that Cassie’s ex-husband, Mason, will be walking Dani down the aisle upsets her. The whole time the children were growing up, Mason never ha
Mar 16, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

There's no place like home for the holidays--unless your ex is there!

That's the situation for three of the women in the otherwise picture-postcard pretty town of Icicle Falls, Washington. And it's beginning to look a lot like Xmas.

Make that Ex-mas.

Ella, the manager of the town's boutique clothing store, is still sharing the house with her irresponsible, country-music playing ex-husband. Neither she nor Jake can afford to pay their half of the house payment
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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Life in Icicle Falls (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Good Neighbors (Life in Icicle Falls #2.5)
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  • The Cottage on Juniper Ridge (Life in Icicle Falls, #4)
  • The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane (Life in Icicle Falls, #5)
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